Chef Beau Vestal’s Outstanding in the Field Dinner at Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery

Preparing for the dinner. From left to right: Tom Zippelli, Beau Vestal, Oliver Crawford (behind), Doug Higley

Preparing for the dinner. From left to right: Tom Zippelli, Beau Vestal, Oliver Crawford (behind), Doug Higley

Last Thursday evening, on a gorgeous summer night in Westport, Massachusetts, I had the joy of photographing New Rivers‘ Executive Chef Beau Vestal and his team as they prepared a dinner outdoors in a vineyard for 160 guests. This was the second year Vestal was invited to be part of the Outstanding in the Field tour (photos from last year can be seen here). The diners in Westport were treated to truly a bounty of Rhode Island and Massachusetts food and drink.

The produce, meat, seafood and dairy came from a number of local sources, including: Eva’s Garden in Dartmouth, Plum Point Oysters in North Kingstown, ‘Round the Bend Farm in South Dartmouth, Four Town Farm in Seekonk, Steve Ramos Organic Produce in Bristol, Narragansett Creamery in Providence, Barden Family Orchard in North Scituate, Schartner Farms in Exeter, The Good Earth Gardening Center in Cranston, Big Train Farm in Cranston, Yacht Club Bottling Works in North Providence and North Star Farm in Westport.

The beer was provided by local “gypsy” brewers Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project and the wine was all locally grown as well, produced by Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery where the dinner was held. Ultimately, from this invited observer’s point of view, it was a perfectly picturesque evening as you can see from this sampling of the many photos that were made.

Grilling Plum Point Oysters and 'Round the Bend Farm pork & wild foraged pine sausage

Grilling Plum Point Oysters and 'Round the Bend Farm pork & wild foraged pine sausage

'Round the Bend Farm pork & wild foraged pine sausage

'Round the Bend Farm pork & wild foraged pine sausage

Grilled Plum Point Oyster with a lemon and summer savory butter

Grilled Plum Point Oyster with a lemon and summer savory butter

Outstanding in the Field table is set along the Westport Rivers grape vineyard

Outstanding in the Field table is set along the Westport Rivers grape vineyard

Elizabeth LaMantia grilling 'Round the Bend Farm Tamworth pork loins

Elizabeth LaMantia grilling 'Round the Bend Farm Tamworth pork loins

Seasoning the grilled squash

Seasoning the grilled squash

Slicing heirloom tomatoes

Slicing heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes

Slicing heirloom tomatoes

Slicing heirloom tomatoes

The guests are seated for dinner

The guests are seated for dinner

Smoked Rhody bluefish pâté, grilled garlic country bread, fried shallots and Eva's Garden flowers

Smoked Rhody bluefish pâté, grilled garlic country bread, fried shallots and Eva's Garden flowers

Cool salad of RI grains & Eva's Garden herbs and purslane with Narragansett Creamery yogurt tzatiki

Cool salad of RI grains & Eva's Garden herbs and purslane with Narragansett Creamery yogurt tzatiki

Heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, onions & Narragansett Creamy Salty Sea Feta

Heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, onions & Narragansett Creamy Salty Sea Feta

'Round the Bend Farm Tamworth pork loin, grilled and sliced

'Round the Bend Farm Tamworth pork loin, grilled and sliced

Vestal demonstrates how the meat course comes together

Vestal demonstrates how the meat course comes together

'Round the Bend Farm Tamworth pork loin, grilled squash & torpedo onion, tomatillo & charred corn chow chow

'Round the Bend Farm Tamworth pork loin, grilled squash & torpedo onion, tomatillo & charred corn chow chow

A section of the table from the vineyard looking west

A section of the table from the vineyard looking west

Guests through the grapes

Guests through the grapes

Blueberry

Blueberry

Plating tarragon & lavender shortcakes with lemon curd & Barden Orchard peaches

Plating tarragon & lavender shortcakes with lemon curd & Barden Orchard peaches

Back row (from left to right): Elizabeth LaMantia, Beau Vestal, Tom Zippelli, Oliver Crawford. Front row (from left to right): Christian Morales, Matt Blanchette, Doug Higley, Walter Aldana

Back row (from left to right): Elizabeth LaMantia, Beau Vestal, Tom Zippelli, Oliver Crawford. Front row (from left to right): Christian Morales, Matt Blanchette, Doug Higley, Walter Aldana

Outstanding in the Field

Outstanding in the Field

Elizabeth LaMantia & Beau Vestal catching a bite to eat at the end of the night

Elizabeth LaMantia & Beau Vestal catching a bite to eat at the end of the night

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